Emery rules out reunion with touted Villa transfer target

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has ruled out the possibility of trying to secure a reunion with Arnaut Danjuma in the January transfer window.

Speculation has been rife so far this month as to who Emery might target to strengthen his Villa squad, and naturally rumours have linked him with a move for some of his former players.

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So far this month, Villa have completed the signing of former Real Betis left-back Alex Moreno, while the club have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Chicago Fire to sign young striker Jhon Duran in a permanent transfer.

However, further business is expected in the next fortnight, but Danjuma is not a player that Emery is considering as a possible reinforcement this month despite having previously worked with him at Villarreal.

“Now I’m not thinking about him,” he said, as per BirminghamLive. “Danjuma is a very good player but I think now, with his position, we already have players.”

With options such as Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey who fit a similar profile of player, it’s understandable as to why Emery has ultimately reached that conclusion, and there is absolute trust that he will bring in what we need to strengthen the group and add different dynamics that will be useful to him in different situations.

Time will tell who that is, but as reported by The Express and Star, the Villa boss is keen to bring in an experienced striker to provide competition and depth for Watkins, while simultaneously taking the pressure off Duran and allowing him to adapt and acclimatise to England and the Premier League with less pressure.

Emery clearly has a philosophy and a style of play that he wants to implement at Villa, and with the decision to sell Danny Ings, it’s also now clear that he isn’t going to shy away from making difficult decisions and moving players on in order to bring others in who are a better fit for what he is trying to build at the club.